Surf and explore the Mother City!
Crowned as one of the top destination in 2019, the legendary city of Cape Town offers a dramatic backdrop for a surf camp with a difference. It's easy to be blown away by the unique flavours of the 'rainbow nation', tours of historic vineyards and Mandela's inspiring story during your time in Cape Town - and the surfing is pretty special too.
Together with top local internationally qualified surf instructors and our Trip Leaders, you'll experience the ultimate introduction to South African surfing. You'll master the basics and feel more than comfortable surfing waters with varied wind and swell directions.
What to Expect
Expect to receive the full Cape Town experience, stay right on the beach, get professional coaching every day and check out the best that Cape Town has to offer with your knowledgeable tour guides.
Cape Town is fortunate enough to have a peninsula, meaning it's always offshore somewhere and swell hunting is simple as it could ever be. Being mobile ensures that you'll be surfing the best waves on the day, for your ability. Beginners will love being right on Muizenberg beach as the waves are never too hard to handle. However, if you already know your way around a surfboard, then you'll enjoy tackling the great long rides out the back.
With internationally qualified instructors out in the water with you for the whole 12 days, you'll master everything from standing up for the first time to popping your first air.
You’ll sleep in spacious Ticket to Ride dorm rooms with high ceilings and wooden floors. The accommodation caters for surfers specifically and is right on the beachfront, with a pool table, surf movies and a balcony overlooking the surf.
Table Mountain Climb up the famous Table Mountain and drink in the spectacular views from the cable car on the journey down.
Wine Tasting Head to the historic Cape Vineyards and sample some of the unique South African wines.
Boulders Beach Hang out with the penguins.
Surf Camp Accommodation
Trip Leaders For Duration
Video Surf Analysis
All Surf Lessons
Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches
All Surf Transport
Involvement In Community Projects
Photos Of Your Surfing
Additional Excursions And Activities
Optional Food Add On
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
Welcome to the world of surfing and braaiAfter getting picked up at the airport, you'll head to your beachfront accommodation and get settled into a big welcoming braai (BBQ). The order of the week will then be daily morning and afternoon surf lessons, with extra activities slotting into your itinerary as and when.
Surfing and SightseeingThis week we'll truly focus on your surfing and fit in Cape Town fun when the conditions aren’t looking great, or when the arms need a rest!
What past riders say
I had a wicked time and even extended my trip by adding on three weeks in Mozambique. The staff are all awesome! Ticket to Ride have a great team and the people we met along the way were all amazing as well. Loved the surf, loved the stops and will miss it for sure!Tia Seymour
I was totally bored of working a normal 9-5 office job in cold, wet England, so I decided to have a look at learning some new skills while traveling. Ticket to Ride seemed to provide me with my dream trip, so I signed up straight away. Traveling a beautiful wave filled country like South Africa has been insane. It didn’t just live up to my expectations, it smashed them to pieces. I made friends with some of the best people (and a few animals) I've ever met.
Along the way, I learnt a lot about the crazy world and myself. This trip has genuinely changed me and given me two new qualifications I never really thought I’d ever have! The guys and girls I’ve met and those who work for Ticket to Ride are beyond incredible and I hope they’re proud of the ‘lekker’ work they’re doing. Thank you!Ryan Webb
The level of coaching was world-class and my surfing improved a huge amount. Thanks!Tim
The team, trip and course genuinely ticks all the right boxes for me. A dream come true.Lily
JBay is such an awesome place. We stayed right on the beach, so we’d just wake up and go for a surf at sunrise, hang out with a few dolphins, head back to the hostel, knock back a few cheeky drinks and then have another surf in the afternoon.
Etienne, our surf coach was amazing! He knew exactly what you needed to do to improve and I found myself standing up on waves that I thought would always be out of my reach.
I definitely want to go back one day, perhaps take on the super tubes with the pro surfers! It was an epic trip and one that I will never forget!Lauren Barlow
The best decision I ever made! A truly amazing experience and now I have a job as a surf instructor in Cornwall.Alex Douglas
After working three jobs for five months, I can honestly say that ten weeks with Ticket to Ride in South Africa was the best way to spend my hard earned money. Starting the trip as a complete beginner was daunting at first but I can't recommend it highly enough now. The trip has it all and I've enjoyed everything from catching the wave of my life at The Bluff (with Ryan Ribbink close by) to getting to know South Africans in the townships and at the backpackers.
Each location had its memories and two stand out examples would be Jeffreys Bay for its partying scene and Coffee Bay for its insane morning surfs. I not only overcame my fear of heights on this trip by jumping from the world's tallest bungee jump, but also learnt valuable life saving lessons as part of the first aid course. While the instructor element of the trip saw us really come together as a group, as we practiced giving each other surf lessons and helped each other through surfing two lefts and two rights.
I've only been back a week and already feel deprived of surfing. I can't wait to get back in the water as a newly qualified instructor! I can't thank Ticket to Ride enough, especially the Trip Leaders, as it really was a once in a lifetime experience. The best ten weeks of my life.Phoebe Tomlinson
The surf was great, food was great and everyone was super friendly. I've definitely come back with a different perspective on South Africa and on Africa as a whole, and if you have the chance to go to Mozam as well, don't hesitate - go for it! I caught this one wave, it was like 100 metres long, and it sounds ridiculously cheesy but that was when I thought, I'm a surfer now!Ronan Collins
I had barely surfed before joining the trip and I can honestly say that I'm now hooked. You can't really describe the feeling of surfing, once you're riding the face - it's unbelievable. It's what gets people hooked and I'm sure you will be if you join the trip too. The trip exceeded all my expectations and even though it may seem like a big decision to head out here by yourself, once you arrive and meet the group, they'll be like your family from day one. Definitely worth doing!Charlie Darby
I'd done minimal surfing before doing the trip and it's actually incredible how fast you progress by surfing every day, visiting different surf spots and waves. It's been hard work but I've enjoyed it immensely. I've loved being in South Africa and while I was a little concerned about safety before coming out here, I can honestly say I never felt unsafe at any point. All the locals were really friends and everywhere we stayed, we were made to feel very welcome.
The Mozambique leg was completely different to the South Africa part, and I'm so glad I decided to do as it definitely enhanced the trip. It had a raw feel to it and a much more adventurous vibe as you're going around in a 4x4s, checking out new surf spots and waves for the final three weeks.
If you're umming and ahhing over whether or not to book on, then don't - just go for it! The experiences you'll have and the friendships you'll make will be just priceless.Ben Howarth
Ticket to Ride is the ultimate experience for everyone who loves surfing, nature and adventures! I've had an incredible time in a stunning country, and enjoyed every single trip stop along the beautiful coastine of South Africa.Jana Keller
I was a little worried about money before I came on the course - you never really know for sure if it's going to be worth it. I had the best time of my life, met some amazing people, did some pretty incredible things and now I can surf. (Still working on it.) No videos or pictures will ever do it justice, you just gotta experience it!Sam Bass
No, your surf and wetsuit rentals are included as part of your trip cost. It's pretty affordable to buy your own kit out here if you feel like it though!
Despite this common misconception, you won't see any of the big five roaming the streets in Cape Town. However, you may well come face to face with a baboon on the Peninsula which is scary enough!
Whilst there is crime in South Africa, and Cape Town, and if you looked at the statistics they do look bad, the majority of the crime is in the townships and rural areas. In all the Cape Town trips we have run we have not had any incidents of serious crime, other than common opportunistic crime where someone leaves their phone lying around or their shoes on the beach. The local knowledge of your guides and precautions taken provide a safe environment during your stay.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.